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LEE Voices: Ben Spielberg

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Teachers Unions: What We Do and How Students Benefit

Following his participation in an event sponsored by Leadership For Educational Equity called “Unions Matter,” Ben Spielberg, a math instructional coach and LEE member in San Jose, California, laid out his views on the important roles unions play in supporting students and ending educational inequity.

“I am often taken aback by the inaccurate, negative comments about teachers unions I still hear from otherwise well-meaning members of charter school networks, education advocacy groups, and Teach For America (TFA). I am encouraged, however, by the initial efforts taken by TFA and Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) staff in the Bay Area to debunk member misconceptions about teachers unions.”

“A few weeks ago, LEE invited me to speak to a group of current corps members, alumni, and LEE and TFA staff at an event called “Unions Matter.” During the event, I described the difference between social justice unionism and industrial unionism and laid out five important roles that unions play.”

To read the full text of Ben’s blog post, please visit 34justice.com.

I am encouraged, however, by the initial efforts taken by TFA and Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) staff in the Bay Area to debunk member misconceptions about teachers unions